As the hand moves over the harp, and the strings speak. So speaks in my members the Spirit of the Lord, and I speak by His love. For it destroys what is foreign, and everything that is bitter. As thus it was from the beginning and will be to the end, that nothing should be His adversary (not even Satan), and nothing should stand up against Him. The Lord has multiplied the knowledge of Himself, and is zealous that these things should be known (about Him), which by grace have been given to us. And the praise of His name has he given us. Wherefore does our spirits praise His Holy Spirit. There went forth a stream (from God’s presence) and it became a river great and broad. For it flooded and broke up everything, and it brought (Living Water) to the Temple. (the Church.) And the restrainers of the children of Men were not able to restrain it, nor the arts of those whose business is to restrain waters. For it spread over the face of the whole earth, and filled everything. All the thirsty upon earth were given to drink of it. Thrist was relieved and quenched: for from the Most High the (drink) was given. Blessed then are the ministers of that (drink) who are entrusted with that water of His. They have assuaged (satisfied the longing of) dry lips, and the will that fainted they have raised up. And souls near to departing they have brought back from death itself. And limbs that had weakened they strengthened. Those that had become lame they straightened and healed. They gave strength for their feebleness and light to their eyes. For everyone knew of them, who are in the Lord, and they (His believers) lived by the water of life forever. Hallelujah. Amen. “Jesus answered and said to her, Whoever drinks of this water shall thirst again: but whosoever drinks of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life.” John 4: 13-14.
Many people envision God as The Great Judge who will determine our eternal destiny by weighing our souls in the Balance of Life after we die. If our good works outweigh our bad works, we’ll be ushered into glory; but if our bad works outweigh our good works, we’ll be cast into hell. Is that what you think?
This is what the Pharisees thought, and this is what many religions teach, but this is not the way of Christ. He said, “If any man hear my words, and believe not, I judge him not: for I came not to judge the world, but to save the world.48 He that rejecteth me, and receiveth not my words, hath one that judgeth him: the word that I have spoken, the same shall judge him in the last day” (John 12:47-48). Jesus told the Pharisees that if they would only come…
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“Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.” Romans 15:13(NKJV)
HOPE is the expectation that what you wished for will be realized. The Christian hope though, is not a wishful thinking. It is a Christian virtue that gives a believer the strength, purpose, patient and confidence to wait in expectation for the fulfilment of God‘s promises.
It is a fundamental principle of Christianity whereby a believer is promised a good future and a reward in following Christ “There is surely a future hope for you, and your hope will not be cut off” Prov. 23:18
“For in hope we were saved. But hope that is seen is no hope at all. Who hopes for what they already have?” Rom. 8:24
It is the “confident expectation” of what is firmly assured even when it is not very clear at that point in time. And so, it‘s work is to keep in perspective what is to come and it has the capability to change it‘s form from mere hope to faith when the required actions are taken.
Without hope life would have been so difficult, empty and meaningless. But when the righteous trust God and put their hope in Him, he will be helped and will not be disappointed.
In the Bible’s record of the woman with the flow of blood in Matt. 9:20–22; the woman who has suffered from bleeding for 12yrs said to herself “if only I may touch His garment, I shall be made well“,. That was hope! Then suddenly, she “came from behind and touched the hem of His garment“, and that‘s an active FAITH!
There is no hopeless situations out there for a true believer. The Bible said “Christ in you, the hope of glory” Col. 1:27. This was true of our father Abraham.
We read in the Bible that when everything was hopeless, Abraham believed anyway on what God said He would do, and for that “he became the father of many nations” Rom. 4:18
There is hope for everyone in Christ Jesus because God fills us with joy and peace when we believed.We should therefore be overflowing with “confident hope‘ through the power of the Holy Spirit” Rom. 15:13(NLT)
So, we should really be excited, hopeful and expectant that the future is bright notwithstanding the medical conditions, financial situations and relationship difficulties of today.
Keep your hope alive and active. Whatever desire you nurture in your heart can still be achieved because Christ in you is an assurance that you will be rejoicing today, tomorrow and forever.